Highlighting Our Graduates: Jen Hill
This month we talk to ACMM graduate and Adelaide meditation teacher, Jen Hill. She shares the impact of meditation and mindfulness has had on her life, and her commitment to serving others for the greater good. Read on to see how she has shaped a successful business that is reaching many.
Hi Jen. Tell us a little bit about yourself …
I live in Adelaide with my partner, Gary. We live a simple, car-free, inner-city lifestyle, with plenty of walking, work and play in our local community, and we try to live a balanced life in harmony with people and the planet. I’ve been meditating and following a spiritual path for over a decade and am passionate about sharing what I’ve learned with others, something I am fortunate to be able to do through my business, Right Brain Liaisons.
It’s a bit of a change from my scientific upbringing and background and I often joke that I used to help people relax by being a winemaker. Now I help people relax and reflect through meditation. I am passionate about exploring the nature of Self, reality and the mind, and living a life of lasting peace and happiness. My aim is to be of service to the greater good. I love to inspire and be inspired and contribute to awakening consciousness.
What attracted you to become a meditation teacher and study with ACMM?
I’ve had some really great jobs in my life, but I’ve never truly felt satisfied ‘working for the man’. So often, I felt the pull toward being of service to the greater good and a happy and sustainable planet. I’ve also struggled with the structure and routine of most jobs and have had a dream of being my own boss for many years. But what business?
My first attempt at starting a business and being my own boss was a flop, but the experience made me consider what I could authentically offer that might be a success. In a wonderful epiphany moment four or so years ago, I realised with some retraining, I could become a meditation teacher and share something that has been so valuable to me. I am so happy and grateful for everything that led me to that moment.
The choice to study through ACMM was a no-brainer; offering the best all-round training and support at an affordable price and with the ability to study remotely.
How has meditation impacted you on a personal level?
Meditation has impacted me in so many ways, all of which are due to turning attention away from the outside world of objects, people and circumstances, to the inner world of body, mind and awareness.
Like many people, I had a bit of rough start in life, which ultimately lead to anxiety, depression, eating disorder and addiction. While there have been many vehicles and people who helped me ‘turn things around’, meditation has been the one constant that has done wonders for me throughout the healing process.
Thanks to meditation, I know that happiness is an inside job and is completely within my control. Thanks to meditation, I am more conscious, present and aware. I have more understanding and compassion for myself and others. I’m more open and better at engaging, relating and listening to others and to life.
I am more aware of my own mind, how it works and how intimately mind and body are connected. I’ve learned to accept what is and let go of mental stories, interpretations, judgements and expectations. I don’t overthink things like I used to. I don’t get as caught up in my head, in thinking, remembering and imagining narratives about myself and my life. And, I don’t let things bother me as much or worry about what other people think, like I used to. I am no longer anxious, angry or depressed and I don’t get stressed about things.
Thanks to meditation, I am in tune with my body and emotions and am less reactive, better able to process emotions, sleep well and am physically healthier. I feel satisfied, connected and at peace. I didn’t always feel this good! How cool is that?? I am living proof that if you change your mind, you change your life.
What does your personal meditation practice look like? What styles or types of meditation do you enjoy?
I practice ‘awareness watching awareness’ for 45 minutes first thing in the morning. I maintain the presence of awareness throughout the day by regularly checking in with mindfulness, grounding and centring awareness. Additionally, I try to go for a mindful walk in nature every day. And I often take another meditation break in the late arvo or evening. I sometimes meditate with my partner, Gary, which is really nice, and I enjoy meditating with others when I guide through my work.
I enjoy lots of styles and types of meditation, and ultimately leading them towards awareness watching awareness. In other words, turning attention away from the world of objects, people, situations, thoughts, emotions, the breath and letting attention rest in its source: pure consciousness; self-aware presence.
Do you have your own meditation/mindfulness/holistic business, plans to start one? If so tell us about it and how meditation is a part of this.
My meditation business, Right Brain Liaisons, is about 2.5 years old now. I teach meditation, mindfulness, stress management, resilience and creativity skills and awareness to individuals and groups privately, in workplaces and community settings.
Can you describe your client base (gender, age, location, anything specific about them)? Who do you want to work with/inspire/support and why?
I work a lot with professional or retired adults, women and men, individually, in groups and in workplaces, in-person and online. I work with beginners and more experienced meditators. During the 2020 lockdown, I created an interview-based podcast called Reasons to Be Mindful to try and inspire people to start or deepen a meditation practice.
It brings me great joy to work one on one with people. I have a growing number of clients who are business owners and entrepreneurs, particularly women. I’m especially inspired to work with individuals and businesses that are themselves working for the greater good and positive social and environmental impact.
I also get a buzz from the power of group meditation, and enjoy facilitating meditation groups at home, in board rooms, community centres and the great outdoors.
Do you have any events, workshops or classes coming up in the next few months? Tell us about them and include any relevant website links!
I will be running a mindfulness workshop in late January, in Adelaide, with fellow ACMM graduate, Amanda Goodfellow, which will be fun. Details for this can be found at (https://everydaymindfulnessadelaide.eventbrite.com.au). And I’m looking forward to more collaborations this year.
I also run a beginner’s course, intermediate courses and weekly meditation groups, and will be running more workplace programs this year. A second season of the podcast is also on the cards for 2021. Join my mailing list for updates and info on what’s on for 2021.
What would you say to someone who is thinking about becoming a meditation teacher?
Do it! 😊🙏
What have you enjoyed about studying with ACMM?
The education is first class. The teachers are great and the whole community of staff and students is very supportive. The courses dive deep and provide a fantastic opportunity to experience diverse techniques and approaches. The retreats are amazing. The option to study remotely and flexibly enables study while you work etc.
If you would like more information about Jen’s business, you can find out more below:
Website Right Brain Liaisons https://rightbrainliaisons.com
Podcast: Reasons to Be Mindful https://reasonstobemindful.podbean.com
We love to showcase the amazing stories of our graduates. Every one of them is unique and special. It brings us so much joy to see the different ways they are taking meditation and mindfulness out into the world. Here are some other graduates we have spoken to recently: Meet Grace, Meet Ramona, Meet Ashleigh.